WHS sports: Defense gives Warriors their first win
Waccamaw's offense didn't produce many points on Friday against visiting Green Sea-Floyds, but thanks to a swarming defense, one touchdown was all the Warriors needed.
The Warriors' defense turned Green Sea away empty-handed on four trips inside their 30-yard line, and forced four punts and a turnover to preserve a 7-0 victory.
The jubilation on Waccamaw's sideline as the clock ran out was a stark contrast to the atmosphere following last week's 50-14 loss to North Myrtle Beach in the season opener.
"It was just an excellent effort by our defense," said Waccamaw coach Tyronne Davis. "We went back to the basics this week. We challenged our kids and they responded."
"We can go home happy this week," said linebacker/running back Jeffron Smalls. "No one was happy last week."
Twice during the fourth quarter Green Sea drove inside the red zone, but each time the Warriors (1-1) withstood the challenge. Early in the fourth quarter the Trojans had a 1st-and-goal from Waccamaw's 8-yard line, but successive plays resulted in a loss of four yards and a subsequent fourth-down pass fell incomplete.
On their final possession, the Trojans (1-1) marched to the Warriors 18-yard line before being pushed back outside of the 20. Quarterback Devonte Dawkins was then sacked on a fourth-and-13 attempt, giving the ball back to the Warriors, who were able to run out the remaining 2:21 on the clock.
"We kept playing," Smalls said. "We weren't going to give up."
Jalen Simmons and Smalls both had productive nights on the ground, combining for more than 250 yards rushing. Simmons carried 25 times for 134 yards, scoring Waccamaw's lone touchdown with a 60-yard run in the first quarter. Smalls finished with 122 yards on 16 carries.
Week 0: WHS 14, N. Myrtle Beach 50